MGCCC named a 2017 Military Friendly School

mfs17_designationMississippi Gulf Coast Community College has been named a 2017 Military Friendly School by Victory Media. The college was recognized for exhibiting leading practices in recruiting and supporting active duty and post-military students.

“MGCCC has always had a very strong relationship with the military on the Gulf Coast,” said Dr. Mary S. Graham, MGCCC president.  “The college offers flexible and online classes while providing one-on-one assistance for veterans and active duty military personnel who need it.  Additionally, we are proud to have an MGCCC presence on each of the military installations on the coast.  It is a privilege to serve the men and women who have and continue to risk their lives to protect our freedom.”

Each year, 1,200 schools earn the Military Friendly Schools designation out of more than 8,800 institutions nationwide. The schools are assessed through the evaluation of both public data about each institution and proprietary data gathered through a survey. Survey responses are weighted according to the categories of student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans. The benchmark is set by the score of the leading institution.


Kathy McAdams is an award-winning journalist who has worked at weekly newspapers in Mississippi and the Press-Register in Mobile, Ala. A native of Gulfport, McAdams attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, William Carey University, the University of South Alabama and The University of Southern Mississippi. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and journalism and a master's degree in education and English. She has worked at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College since 2005.